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UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Couch slouch: From pub darts to Keith Olbermann, some new ideas for ESPN programming

ESPN without sports is like NASA without space. But ESPN is smarter than NASA – it can still thrive even if its world explodes into the atmosphere. Here is a …


UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

Couch Slouch: Feeling empty, sports fans? You can bet on the games returning – in 2021, perhaps.

Sports fans have put all their eggs in one basket for so long, they’ve tossed out every other basket in the house. So now, many of them, in the face …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Couch Slouch: Tom Brady’s future keeps us on the edge of our seats

Sure, many NFL teams would love to have Tom Brady for the next season or two, but I guarantee you almost any organization – big business, Wall Street, law firms, …


Couch Slouch: Expanding playoffs in MLB, NFL a no-brainer

Couch Slouch: The NFL and Major League Baseball – two of our floundering nation’s most successful, longstanding entertainment entities – each recently decided it wants to add two more teams …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Norman Chad: Astros did the crime, and they should pay

Simply put – and I realize I am last in on this, but I only write once a week and I also sleep in weekday mornings, mainly to avoid bad …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Couch Slouch: NBA has gone nuts over 3-pointers

Couch Slouch: As is our annual tradition at the NBA all-star break, Couch Slouch looks ahead to the remainder of the season – laced with remarkable perspicacity* – at no …


Norman Chad wonders whether we really need the XFL

The reboot of the XFL just debuted –


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020

Ask the Slouch: Super Bowl 54 was riveting television

Super Bowl 54, in contrast to the Senate impeachment inquiry, felt like a fair trial: unmistakable video evidence, plenty of witnesses, a definitive and satisfying conclusion.


Couch Slouch: Astros took advantage of age-old tradition – they cheated

Couch Slouch: So the Houston Astros, using cameras and video monitors and a labyrinthine baseball-bat-and-trash-can notification system, were stealing signs from opposing teams. From all indications, this is cheating and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Couch Slouch: Play game, make calls, move on, no replay

Couch Slouch: To be fair, replay as an officiating tool remains only the fifth-worst global problem, behind climate change, world hunger, the decline of American exceptionalism and the inability to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Norman Chad: Looking back at the past two decades’ decadence

Let’s take a closer look at the bugaboos and blemishes infesting our nascent millennium.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Norman Chad: So you think the Patriots are finished. Are you kidding?

A popular sentiment these days – and one that most of Sports Nation wants to embrace – is that the New England Patriots finally will be kaput in the postseason …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Couch Slouch: No one does the ownership thing worse than Daniel Snyder and James Dolan

Couch Slouch: Just before the turn of the century, two monsters of a new millennium were unleashed on the unsuspecting sporting communities of New York and Washington. Twenty years later, …


Couch Slouch: Roger Goodell, NFL coming off as high and mighty in Josh Shaw case laughable

Before going any further, let’s briefly summarize


Couch Slouch: NFL isn’t thinking big enough in pursuit of global domination

Couch Slouch: In a clandestine meeting at a Doubletree by Hilton conference room in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in late March 1987, Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell secretly hatched …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Couch Slouch: NBA has gone wacko with ‘load management’

Couch Slouch: Let’s talk load management!


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Couch Slouch: What was FIFA thinking? Cha-ching!

In November 2022 – just a scant three years from now – comes the next World Cup, in Qatar. This will set up one of the extraordinary, epic collisions in …


Couch Slouch: NFL gurus come with ulterior motives and can’t be trusted

Couch Slouch: In the hypercompetitive world of NFL inside information, the big boys – ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, NBC’s Peter King and Mike Florio, Fox’s Jay Glazer – …



UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Norman Chad: Legalized sports gambling? What could go wrong?

As gambling seeds are increasingly planted across this foundering nation of opportunists, hustlers, grifters and, yes, gamblers, it is rather appropriate that this is the 100th anniversary of the 1919 …


Couch Slouch: Still riled up about replay reviews

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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Couch Slouch: What if Colin Kaepernick had written this letter to the NFL?

Couch Slouch has obtained an open letter sent to all 32 NFL franchises recently by one of the league’s former employees – social injustice, self-empowerment and shoe spokesperson Colin Kaepernick. …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019

Couch Slouch: Take these sports television facts to the bank

Couch Slouch: These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television:


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Couch Slouch: Ryan Fitzpatrick rekindles chicken-or-egg dilemma

Couch Slouch: It is the golden age of golden oldies among NFL quarterbacks. Week 1 saw seven starting quarterbacks aged 35 or older.



UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019

Couch Slouch: It’s a shame no one watches men’s tennis anymore

Couch Slouch: In case you are wondering how long it’s been since you watched a men’s tennis match on TV, it’s because it’s been a long time. And why haven’t …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Couch Slouch: Dan Le Batard doesn’t understand the Disney way

Okay, let’s take an unconventional, unvarnished look at this Dan Le Batard-ESPN diplomatic divide that popped out of the Bristol jack-in-the-box bin when I was on vacation.*


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Couch Slouch: Some sports stories just don’t make sense

When I take a column vacation each summer – which often coincides with a reality vacation in Las Vegas – I am soothed by the extended break from the noxious …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Couch Slouch: Only poker stages true world series

Couch Slouch: We are in the midst of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, with the world championship $10,000 buy-in Main Event beginning July 3, and in its …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

Couch Slouch: Enough already with this round-the-clock LeBron coverage!

I’m going to say this one time and one time only: EVERYONE – I BEG OF YOU! – SHUT UP ABOUT LeBRON.